Humans Evolved to Be Moved by Art

New research shows that while people respond to art for very different reasons, the ability to be moved in the first place is universal

There’s a lot going on in the brain of a person experiencing a painting, movie or other piece of art.

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But it doesn’t matter whether the art in question is aesthetically pleasing: in fact, sometimes that’s why art is enjoyable. Now, writes Jessica Herrington for SciArt in America, researchers have found evidence that humans evolved to be moved by art — whether they like it or not…

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